Written by: Christopher Simnett
***Chris grew up playing tennis in B.C. and was ranked as high as No. 2 provincially in the U12 and U16 divisions. He played in two junior national championships in the 80s. Now 39 years old, he is the “community champion” for the Tennis Canada Building Tennis Communities strategy in Airdrie, AB, where he lives with his wife and eight-year-old son. Chris spent 15 years as a journalist writing about sports for newspapers in B.C. and Alberta. He now works in public relations in Calgary. To learn more about Chris and his blog, please visit www.alltennis.ca***
The Under-16 girls’ final at the Rogers Junior Indoor Nationals will feature No. 1 ranked Evangeline Repic against No. 2 Erin Routliffe.
Repic, the top-seed from Ontario, downed fourth-seed Gloria Liang of Ontario 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2 in the semifinals at the Club des Tennis Ille des Soeurs in Verdun, QC on Friday. Routliffe, also from Ontario, downed fifth-seed Louise Kwong 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1) in Friday’s other semifinal.
Repic and Routliffe are doubles partners and the pair took the doubles title on Friday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Liang and Kwong.
In boys’ action, No. 1 seed Brayden Schnur will battle fourth-seed and doubles partner Robert Shulman in Saturday’s final.
Schnur, from Ontario, defeated unseeded Iancu-Iustinian Ghinda of Quebec 6-0, 6-3 in the semifinals on Friday while Shulman, also from Ontario, dumped seventh-seeded Ontarian Alejandro Tabilo 6-4, 6-1 in the other semi.
Schnur and Shulman captured the doubles title on Friday with a hard-fought 6-1, 3-6, 10-5 victory over Ghinda and Tabilo.